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'Oliver with a Twist' by Die Laughing Murder Mysteries

Oliver with a Twist by Die Laughing Murder Mysteries
by Die Laughing Murder Mysteries
What's It All About?
  • A Murder Mystery for an acting company to perform to an audience
  • The actors improvise the dialogue based on plot and character briefs provided by Lazy Bee Scripts
  • A detective interrogates the suspects (who improvise their responses based on character briefs)
  • The audience try to work out whodunnit

What Does Lazy Bee Scripts Provide?
Lazy Bee Scripts supplies a pack of material, including:-
  • An Overview for the Organiser, including
    • Guidelines for preparing the mystery
    • Guidelines for running the mystery
    • Suggested timings
  • A "narrative arc" for the mystery
    • Key plot points
    • Essential events
  • Character Briefs for each character
    • Character description
    • Character history
    • Motivation
  • The Solution
    • An explanation of who dunnit and why!
  • Additional Materials
    • Table cards with character descriptions
    • Audience Solution forms
Note that Lazy Bee Scripts does not provide a script for the dialogue.
Because the actors are interacting with the audience, it is not possible to stick to a fixed script. Instead the actors improvise dialogue based on the "narrative arc."
What's a Murder Mystery Event?
  • The audience members are brought together for a fictitious 'special event' (and encouraged to dress appropriately for the occasion). A murder takes place, which the participants are invited to solve.
  • In this case
    • Twenty years after the Dickens novel, Oliver Twist is holding a dinner of invited local dignitaries to explain plans for his latest charitable venture, but it does not work out as planned...
  • This Mystery Needs
    • An 'acting company' of 4 men and 2 women
    • No specific set or furniture
  • Estimated run times (which may vary enormously!)
    • Improvised elements: 100 minutes
Want to know more? Download the (pdf) Taster Pack
What's the Mystery Here?
An adult Oliver Twist, now a wealthy philanthropist, holds a fund-raising dinner, inviting a number of associates from his less-privileged childhood. But the evening soon descends into mayhem and murder. Who would ‘do anything’ for revenge?
Oliver Twist Wealthy philanthropist
Jack Dawkins aka the Artful Dodger who is now trying to be respectable
Mr Bumble A workhouse manager with political aspirations
Widow Sowerberry Recently widowed funeral parlour owner
Bet Finching A lady of dubious morals
Inspector Solomon Target Police Officer assigned for close protection duty to Mr Twist
Oliver has recently come into an unexpected inheritance which could be used for many things...
'Oliver with a Twist' - Pricing and Buying
Lazy Bee Scripts charges two fees:-
  • A flat fee of £19.25 for the Murder Mystery Pack
    • Download from the Lazy Bee Scripts web site as a zip file
    • Contains master files of all essential materials
    • Can be used multiple times by your acting company (but you need a performance licence for each performance)
  • A fee of £42.00 for each live performance to an audience (regardless of the audience size)
  • A fee of £42.00 for each livestreamed performance to a paying audience.
  • A fee of £21.00 for each livestreamed performance to a non-paying audience.
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